Three New Business Graduate Degrees Created to Meet Industry Demand

Sam M. Walton College of Business
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Sam M. Walton College of Business

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas now offers three new graduate degrees: Master of Professional Accounting, Master of Applied Business Analytics and Master of Science in Supply Chain Management.

Classes will begin in fall 2020 and applications are being accepted.

“The business world needs professionals who can analyze substantial amounts of data and deliver accounting and supply chain solutions at a sophisticated and global level,” said Matt Waller, dean of the Walton College. “Industry demands it, and we are stepping up to meet the demand.”

“Business leaders need more quantitative skills in highly analytical positions,” said Alan Ellstrand, associate dean for academic programs and research in the Walton College. “Many of these companies are data rich, but information poor. They need professionals to create and deliver insights to drive their business.”

The Master of Professional Accounting degree program provides a rigorous one-year preparation at the graduate level for students to achieve success in one of three concentrations for targeted future professional career paths. Those concentrations include: assurance and analytics, corporate accounting, and taxation. Each concentration can lead to qualification for the Certified Public Accounting exam.

The Master of Applied Business Analytics, a 30-credit hour program, focuses on business analytics, data visualization, data handling and management, machine learning methods and business problem solving. It is a STEM-designated degree and is offered as a full-time or part-time program.

The Master of Science in Supply Chain Management, offered as a flexible 30-hour part-time program, is geared toward early career professionals who desire advanced supply chain management expertise. Students may focus on specialized tracks, including business analytics, enterprise resource planning, retail supply chain management, finance or blockchain enterprise systems.

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, Walton College’s Graduate School of Business will waive the GMAT/GRE requirement for master's programs for fall 2020 program admissions only. Programs may conduct an interview as part of the admission review.

For program information or program admissions, visit the webpage of the Graduate School of Business, email gsb@walton.uark.edu or call 479-575-2851.

About the University of Arkansas: The University of Arkansas provides an internationally competitive education for undergraduate and graduate students in more than 200 academic programs. The university contributes new knowledge, economic development, basic and applied research, and creative activity while also providing service to academic and professional disciplines. The Carnegie Foundation classifies the University of Arkansas among fewer than 3 percent of universities in America that have the highest level of research activity. U.S. News & World Report ranks the University of Arkansas among its top American public research universities. Founded in 1871, the University of Arkansas comprises 10 colleges and schools and maintains a low student-to-faculty ratio that promotes personal attention and close mentoring.

Contacts

Matthew A. Myers, associate director of recruitment
Sam M. Walton College of Business
(479) 575-7721, mmyers@walton.uark.edu

Lori McLemore, assistant director of PR and media relations
Sam M. Walton College of Business
479-575-5021, mclemore@uark.edu

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